The 15th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival will open at Cinemark @ The Greene 14 on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 p.m.
The festival (running from April 21 through May 14) will bring to Dayton and Yellow Springs the best in Jewish and Israeli cinema, including an international selection of feature and documentary films.
Festival venues include Cinemark @ The Greene 14, The Neon in downtown Dayton, The Air Force Museum Theatre and The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs.
Opening night (Tuesday, April 21, 7:15p.m.) at Cinemark @ The Greene 14 will feature The Jewish Cardinal (Feature, 90 min., French with English subtitles) sponsored by Morris Home Furnishings. The Jewish Cardinal is a powerful drama based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.
The 2015 line-up of ten films and eleven screenings includes American and foreign films. The festival spans genres from thriller to drama to documentary, and explores varied themes of injustice, love, war, politics, religion, and family relationships. This year, four of our films will have special guest speakers following their showings.
Tuesday, April 21 showing of The Jewish Cardinal sponsored by Morris Home Furnishings features Q & A with guest speakers Rabbi David Sofian, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel and Brother Victor Forlani, Founding Director of the Center for Integration of Faith and Work at the University of Dayton.
Tuesday, April 28 showing of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker sponsored by James Free Jewelers & in partnership with Hadassah and featuring speaker Marshall Weiss, editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer.
Tuesday April 28 showing of 24 Days features a discussion with Assistant Professor of History and Affiliated Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Ethan Katz.
Thursday, April 30 screening of Above and Beyond, sponsored by Ryan Levin and the Levin Family Foundation is a partnership with Reel Stuff Aviation Resources and features a discussion with the film’s producer, Nancy Spielberg.